In 2010, TLC released a documentary titled Hoarding: Buried Alive. This documentary brought public attention to the previously unrecognized mental illness.
Despite the growing recognition and fascination of hoarding created by the show, however, not many people completely understand why someone begins to hoard. This article is aimed at creating a deeper understanding of what causes someone to start hoarding and how they can recover from it.
A hoarding disorder is an obsessive-compulsive disorder in which the suffering individual has difficulty letting go of items due to a severe emotional attachment to them. This usually results in the individual keeping so many items in their home that it makes the condition unsafe and unsanitary to live in.
The International OCD Foundation has estimated that nearly 2-6% of the population in the United States struggles with severe hoarding disorder/behavior.